- According to experts, there is lack of evidence proving wisdom teeth could damage other teeth or the mouth alignment. A study found that among those who had their wisdom teeth removed, the rate of numbness and tingling (paraesthesia) in lips & tongue was 9 times higher than in people who did not get their wisdom teeth extracted. However, a general agreement remains in place that removal of wisdom teeth is necessary if symptoms of pain or pathological conditions related to wisdom teeth are present and persistent.
Now-a-days individuals in their late adolescents and mid-twenties have their wisdom teeth extracted, yet not every person needs to do as such. While dental experts frequently have varying opinions about wisdom teeth extraction, if you think you need your wisdom teeth pulled, your best option is to talk with an expert.
At the point when a wisdom tooth erupts neatly through the tissue without damaging the adjacent tooth, the wisdom tooth can be held in the mouth with little worry as long as the individual can brush, floss, and clean it completely. Many people don’t face any problems when their wisdom teeth erupt and they don’t need to have them removed. However, many dental professionals will recommend you getting your wisdom teeth extracted if you experience the following issues.
- Lack of space: There is space for most of us to accommodate 28 teeth in our mouth which is the number of teeth we have before we get the wisdom teeth. When we get the 4 wisdom teeth, it sums up to 32 teeth in total, all of which strive to fit in the limited amount of space available in your jaw. The wisdom teeth may be damaged when the jaw is not wide enough which in turn leads to them not completely erupting or they are misaligned. Getting your wisdom teeth removed in this scenario will ensure that all your teeth have enough space.
- Pain & Discomfort: The discomfort and pain may be a sign of infection that can result from wisdom teeth that are not fully erupted. It could lead to a very painful condition known as pericoronitis if food and bacteria get accumulated in that area. In such situation, getting your wisdom tooth extracted is the best possible solution.
- Misaligned Wisdom Teeth: In the event that your wisdom teeth come in completely, however come in sideways, they can make your teeth move a lot over the years. There is high chance that misaligned wisdom teeth can harm the adjacent & close by teeth. When you have your wisdom teeth extracted, the damage caused by the wisdom teeth to the other teeth can be prevented.
- Decay: Taking into consideration the position of the wisdom teeth, these are hard to regularly keep clean. Failure to keep them clean leads to tooth decay and it is advised to get them extracted rather than removing the decay and fixing the tooth with restorations, root canals or crowns. These treatments that are usually advised for other teeth are mostly not suggested and successful in treating the wisdom teeth due to their posterior most position in the mouth.
- Cysts: The wisdom tooth grows in a sac within the jaw bone. Sometimes, the sac may be filled with fluid forming a cyst that may damage the nerve, bone and teeth. Sometimes a tumour may also develop which is usually non-cancerous. The treatment may include more extensive surgical procedure.
It’s best for our wisdom teeth dentist to have a consultation to discuss your specific situation so please contact us today so we can help you.